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April 27, 2009 8:57 AM   Subscribe

Flickr geotagging creates ghost maps.
posted by Artw (15 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Bizarrely, the team's findings show that the fifth-most photographed place in the city is the Apple store in midtown Manhattan.

Bizarre? or shocking? that people are unoriginal twice in their lives, and in such a small space of time.


(Oh, and SLNS.)
posted by Sova at 9:09 AM on April 27, 2009


Very awesome.

Some bizarre results emerged – the Apple Store in Manhattan is the fifth-most photographed place in the city among those images both geo-tagged and uploaded to Flickr.

FTFT and also helps explain the result.
posted by DU at 9:10 AM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Abstract (3.5 MB PDF) of the team who did the work on this, with better pictures.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:13 AM on April 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Does this account for images that aren't originally geotagged but are added to the map from within Flickr's site? Just curious, since that's how I've been putting mine on the map. I tend to not want to pinpoint caves, so I really haven't taken an interest in a device that would geotag all my pix as they were taken -- privacy and safety issues, there.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:15 AM on April 27, 2009


Also, in the near future I'd like to see these kinds of maps have rollover links, complete with instant pop-up thumbnail, to every last geotagged picture. It can be done!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:15 AM on April 27, 2009


Oh bother, I was hoping for a map of haunted locations with ghostly pictures.

I'd like to see a mash-up of this work, Google Streetview and Microsoft's Photosynth (previously x4). You could start by wandering around in the lower definition Streetview, then get hot-spots of user-generated images, with some annotation for the fancy-pants walk-throughs at more interesting locations (like the shiny Apple stores).
posted by filthy light thief at 9:32 AM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Some bizarre results emerged – the Apple Store in Manhattan is the fifth-most photographed place in the city among those images both geo-tagged and uploaded to Flickr.

So people are trying out their new iPhones by snapping a photo and uploading it?
posted by Pollomacho at 9:45 AM on April 27, 2009


I love living in the future!!! All of this stuff is so awesome to watch unfold! Even the Matrix wasn't this exciting, since it was just a replica of our reality -- this is enhanced reality! Filthy Light Thief, that will come, and probably soon!
posted by PigAlien at 9:57 AM on April 27, 2009


Haha, Pollomacho, that's exactly what I thought first! I'm sure it's correct too...
posted by PigAlien at 9:57 AM on April 27, 2009


Yeah yeah yeah...s
posted by Glarg at 10:09 AM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


What would be nice is if Flickr allowed you to search through geotagged stuff and also specify when those photos were shot/uploaded.

So then you could look at, say, photos of your street from last winter when it snowed, or from two years ago before the Starbucks down the street opened up, or whenever.
posted by tapeguy at 10:36 AM on April 27, 2009


Neat. The geotag map makes a good plot of human*wealth density. It reminds me of this classic.
posted by Popular Ethics at 10:54 AM on April 27, 2009


That's astonishingly nifty.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:11 PM on April 27, 2009


And how exactly does this technology allow rogue parkour agents to screw with shipping containers for Hubertus Bigend?
posted by FatherDagon at 12:26 PM on April 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


What would be nice is if Flickr allowed you to search through geotagged stuff and also specify when those photos were shot/uploaded.

So then you could look at, say, photos of your street from last winter when it snowed, or from two years ago before the Starbucks down the street opened up, or whenever.


Or from 2nd April in the City of London...
posted by djgh at 3:47 PM on April 27, 2009


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